How to apply
Your step-by-step guide

For full-time courses…

  • Step 1 - Decide on your career pathway

    • Check out Career Coach on the Derby College website. It offers a wealth of information on a broad range of careers, including helpful descriptions of what each job entails and any qualifications you might need.
    • Use Kudos – a career matching software program to find out what jobs your skills and interests are best suited to.
    • Explore different careers via the ‘job profiles’ section on the National Careers Service website.
    • Gain some relevant experience. Volunteering, work experience through school, a Saturday job or a holiday job could help you decide on your future direction. It will look good on your CV too.
  • Step 2 - Research your options

    • Attend an open day or information evening at Derby College to discover the exciting opportunities on offer.
    • Take part in one of our taster sessions which will give you a real insight into what it’s like to study a particular subject.
    • Speak to a careers adviser or teacher. They can give you advice about your options and where to find more information.
  • Step 3 - Take our advice

    • If you’re still unsure, contact Learner Services on 0800 028 0289.
    • Learner Services can offer you information, advice and guidance to ensure you’re choosing exactly the right study programme to meet your needs and ambitions.
    • We promise you relevant, up-to-the-minute advice. The quality of the support we offer has been recognised with the IAG Matrix Award and Career Mark accreditation.
  • Step 4 - Submit your Application

    • There’s no deadline for applications – but the sooner you apply online, the sooner you’ll secure your place.
    • Use the Search Courses facility of this website to look up your chosen course – there is an application form on every page.
    • If you have any problems submitting your form electronically, contact us straight away.
    • If you are unable to apply online, visit Learner Services at any of our campuses who will help you complete your application form.
  • Step 5 - Benefit from dedicated assistance

    • Once you’ve applied, you will be allocated a Learner Services representative.
    • They will act as your dedicated adviser, ensuring your application is processed and your interview with the College is arranged.
  • Step 6 - Come for an interview

    • When we receive your application, we’ll write inviting you for an interview. For some arts-based courses, this may include an audition while A-level learners will attend mini-taster sessions as well as the interview.
    • In most cases, you’ll also take an online screening assessment of your maths and English skills – to confirm you’ve selected the right course.
  • Step 7 - Accept your offer of a place

    • Once you’ve been interviewed, we’ll write to let you know the outcome. If you’ve been offered a place, it could be conditional on exam results such as GCSEs.
    • When you have your conditional offer, you’ll be ‘enrolled’ at the College. You will need to get in touch with us to accept or confirm your offer.
  • Step 8 - Prepare for College

    • During August you’ll receive a welcome pack containing full details about your enrolment.
    • On GCSE results day, we hold a special event to give you further advice based on your results.
  • Step 9 - Attend our Welcome and Enrolment Day

    • You’ll be invited to a Welcome and Enrolment Day at College in late August/early September.
    • During the day, you’ll be introduced to the College by our Chief Executive and will hear from current learners. There is also the opportunity to finalise your course plans with teaching staff.
    • You’ll complete the enrolment process and sign the Learner Agreement.
    • You’ll receive your Derby College ID card.
  • Step 10 - Become part of the College

    • The first two weeks of term are classed as an induction, including an introduction to your course.
    • You’ll receive a copy of the Learner Handbook, a Derby College email address and access to our online learning space, Moodle and My Day.
    • You’ll be allocated a personal coach who will work with you throughout your time at College and help ensure you achieve a positive destination after your course.

How to apply for part-time/adult courses

It’s easy to embark on your learning journey with Derby College. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

  • Choose from our exciting range of courses – search this website for the course you are interested and use the apply now button on the courses page to send your application and arrange an interview
  • Talk through your options at the interview. For your convenience, interviews will take place throughout the summer at the various College campuses.
  • Your interview will include an online screening assessment. This will confirm that the course of your choice is actually the right level for you. (Not all courses, such as short courses, require a screening assessment.)

    Screening Information »
  • Complete your enrolment, secure your place and become part of Derby College.

How to apply for a Higher Education course

Apply right now There’s no time like the present.

  • Browse the HE courses on this website or download a copy of the HE prospectus.
  • Select your course and hit the apply now button.
  • Fill in the application form online

Once you’ve made an application, you’ll be invited for an interview. We’ll tell you more about the course and will answer any questions you may have. We’re particularly interested in your attitude, aptitude and motivation to study. You’ll be notified of the outcome of your application in writing.

If you have any queries – about your course or other aspects of College life – at any point during the application process, please contact us on 0800 028 0289.

How to Apply - International Students

Please visit our dedicated International section for information on how to apply if you are an international student

International Information »

Useful Websites

www.derby-college.ac.uk/careercoach
Information on careers, including local data on salaries, employment opportunities and associated education and training. You can browse the full A-Z of job roles or focus just on the professions you’re most interested in.

direct.gov.uk/nationalcareersservice
Check out the ‘Careers Advice for Young People’ section to find answers to a range of common questions. The ‘job profile’ section also contains information on hundreds of jobs.

www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos
An impartial online careers guidance and information resource designed to give you personalised advice based on your interests and educational aspirations. www.derbyshireyouthinc.com Look up advice on local education, training, job and apprenticeship opportunities.

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Everything you needed to know about becoming an apprentice. www.ucas.com Find out about a range of university courses and which subjects they require for entry. www.prospects.ac.uk Discover what you could do after a degree and what kind of jobs your course choices would be suited to.

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